Fisherman’s arrest roils Taiwan


TAIPEI—Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa) has urged Philippine authorities to explain the arrest and detention of a Taiwanese fisherman on Tuesday even as it demanded that the country ensure that the fisherman is treated humanely.

James Chou, deputy chief of Mofa’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told reporters that the lone operator of the raft, Tsai Po, was arrested by Philippine authorities at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at a small islet named Ditarem near Batanes.

Mofa has established contact with Tsai and learned that he is safe and unharmed despite being confined under guard at the Basco Sea Port, Chou said.

According to Chou, Tsai told Taiwanese officials in the Philippines that he was approached and arrested by several armed nonuniformed men while he was “taking a nap” on the islet after completing his operations in nearby waters.

Tsai is currently detained at a detention center in Basco, he added.

Tsai told Mofa officials that he was not given food for the first few hours of his detention, Chou said.

Taipei’s office in Manila immediately protested the treatment of Tsai and the fisherman was subsequently given food, Chou said.

Asked to comment on whether Tsai had trespassed into Philippine waters to fish, Chou said Tsai’s raft was found operating south of the unofficial law enforcement boundary between Taiwan and the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, which China claims as part of the South China Sea.

But Chou said this “doesn’t mean he had entered Philippine waters.”

“The incident happened in overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZs) claimed by both countries,” Chou said.

He called on the Philippine investigators to release a full report on Tsai’s arrest and detention as soon as possible to prove their claims that the fisherman was operating illegally in Philippine territory.

Fishery talks unaffected

Chou said the incident will not affect the next round of fishery talks between the two countries.

Taipei and Manila held their first fishery meeting on June 14 in Manila. During the meeting, the two sides reached an initial consensus on several issues, including opposition to the use of force when policing fishing grounds and establishing a mechanism to enable each side to notify the other in the event of an incident at sea.

Both sides also agreed to hold the next round of talks as soon as possible. The China Post/ANN



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  • bugoybanggers

    Parating favor sa mga INSTIK. o ano kakasa pa ba ang mga Kayumangi? papano ba naman eh mas maraming kayumangi ang MAGPAPAALIPIN NA LANG ng habangbuhay kaysa MAMATAY sa gutom. Yan mga OFW sa CHINA, TAIWAN at Singapore, isama na rin ang MALAYSIA. Kahit anong violation ang gagawin ng mga TSEKWA (ma CHINA o TAIWAN) makakalusot yan at ang nanghuli (Kawawang kayumangi) siya pa ang masisisi at makulong! Palayasin na ang mga TSEKWA sa PINAS! Huwag pasikatin ang mga artistang may dugong TSEKWA! Pwe lahat! Pauwiing sapilitan ang mga OFW sa TAIWAN, CHINA, SINGAPORE o MALAYSIA! O angal na naman ang Kayumaggi kasi wala daw trabaho sa PINAS! Wala na talaga, talo na lang parati ang PILIPINAS!

  • hello stupids

    Philippines coast guard don’t seem to know the different of the territories zone and the EEZ……..hello this is the overlapping area and U make the same mistake again

    • formosaforever

      They are stupid! Saying the phillipines has an economic zone is like saying antarctica has a heat wave! Dont the Flips realize when international community talk about economic power of rising Asia…they are not talking about he Philippines???

      • Kapaparov

        idiot! the issue here is not about economic power, it’s about chinese from taiwan being a poacher.

      • .Hugo

        and we are talking about the abuse of law enforcement power of the philippines, and its misleading interpretation of its own sea border.

    • Kapaparov

      Idiot!…How come taiwan has EEZ? taiwan is not recognized as a country by the whole world including America. Taiwan is not even a member of United Nation. No such thing as overlapping EEZ between the Philippines. Obviously and indeed clear on the map that the poacher was caught closer to batanes than to taiwan. Assuming two countries were seperated by sea with more or less 200 miles. Both nation are aware that the division should be in between. Therefore. 100miles belong to Philippines and 100 miles belong to other country. If Taiwan insist the overlapping EEZ, all batanes province should belong to taiwan as well? LOL! ridiculous stupid greedy chinese

      • .Hugo

        same old mistake.

        when the philippines recognizes the one china policy, then the island of taiwan is included as a chinese territory and of equal standing in unclos, therefore taiwan does have a eez of 200 nautical miles from its shore.

        another mistake (or trick) of the philippines is to treat eez as its own national territory, when it should be just 12 nautical miles from its shore.

        greedy philippines.

  • Kapaparov

    Chinese from Taiwan don’t even respect the fishery deals with the japanese. Japan and Taiwan have fishery agreement last April. But chinese fisherman violated the agreement for being poacher more than twice already. Japanese government is very upset according to the news.

  • Kapaparov

    All people in taiwan are chinese that came from mainland china except the legitimate taiwanese aborigine. No wonder they both same personality. All chinese from taiwan and china are both with poor hygienes and considered by international community as the most racist race in the world.

  • bright

    no to fishery talks..

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